South Africa’s very own Sho Madjozi scooped her first win at this year’s BET Awards. Mzansi woke up in celebration mode on Monday after our very own Sho Madjozi, walked away with the Best New International Act at the prestigious 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Madjozi was awarded the Best New International Act. She was going against Teni (Nigeria), Headie One (U.K.), Jok’Air (France), Nesly (France) and Octavian (U.K.) on the same category.
Naija superstar, Burna Boy raised the bar with another notable win for the continent. Burna Boy won the Best International Act. He was up against AKA, (South Africa), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Dave (U.K.), Dosseh (France), Giggs (U.K.), and Aya Nakamura (France).
The self-proclaimed king of Afro-pop, Damiani Ogulu, best known by his stage name Burna Boy, has bagged another major award after dominating the Sound city Awards. The “On the Low” singer attended the event with his mum and girlfriend, Stefflon Don. Burna Boy’s Mom accepted the award on his behalf and gave a pretty dope speech on being black and African
The Huku superstar made history as the first female South African artist to win a BET. In her acceptance speech, Sho said the win proved that anyone can be a superstar, even a girl from a village in Limpopo. “My story is testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar. For girls that come from where I am from, which is Limpopo, I just want to say that you don’t need to change who you are, you can still be big,” an emotional Sho said.
Thousands of South Africans and high-ranking politicians went on social media to congratulate Sho Madjozi after she won a BET ward in the category of best international act. Political party EFF praised the musician’s invention of a music genre which incorporates a local Tsonga sound to hip-hop, kwaito and afro-pop, and dubbed her an artistic genius who embodies “artistic excellence”. “Through her music and achievements, Madjozi inspires hope that artistic excellence can create a pathway out of the depressing situation of drug abuse prevalent among the youth.”
She celebrated the win with Cardi B, who gave her props in a video posted on Instagram Stories. “I saw you girl! I saw you won. Congrats,” Cardi said to Sho in the video. It’s another highlight in a massive year for the young star, who walked away with the newcomer of the year and female artist of the year awards at the South African Music Awards (Sama) earlier this month. The win also comes a year after Sjava won the Viewers’ Choice: Best International Act Award at the BET Awards. Black Coffee was the first South African to win a BET. He was named Best International Act: Africa award in 2016.